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How to Identify Addiction – Common Signs of Addiction


How to Identify Addiction – Common Signs of Addiction In Toronto

Addiction can take many forms, and signs of addiction and drug abuse can manifest in a variety of ways. There are a number of physical, psychological and behavioural symptoms that may indicate a person is struggling with substance abuse and addiction (the latter involves all of the symptoms of the former, but also includes the element of physical dependence).

nausea and vomiting

Physical Signs of Addiction

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Decreased appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Shakes, tremors, slurred speech or unstable coordination
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain

Behavioural Signs of Addiction

  • People abusing drugs may start neglecting things that were once important to them, such as family, school, work or other commitments
  • Drop in attendance or performance at work or school
  • Secrecy and suspicious behaviour
  • Silent, withdrawn or unengaged
  • Need for money or sudden financial issues which result in borrowing or stealing; missing money/valuables
  • Difficultly remembering things and following through with commitments

How to Identify Drug Abuse in Teenagers

Signs of addiction and drug abuse often begin gradually. In teenagers, they are often difficult to identify because they appear similar to common teenage behaviours. That said, the following are signs that your teen may be using drugs:

  • Issues at school
  • Increased secrecy
  • Sudden need for money
  • Missing prescription drugs from your home
  • Use of incense, perfume and scented sprays to hide odors

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